Carving out a little piece of Tibet in India

A Tibetan exile in the mountains of India has turned to carving to remind him of his homeland.

• A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.

Inside a quiet workshop, chisels are lined up on desks littered with shavings. The room is thick with the smell of fresh wood. Thunstok Nimgoliy peers at his square carving before switching tools.

Mr. Nimgoliy is among a group of artisans at the Norbulingka Institute, which preserves traditional Tibetan Buddhist arts in the mountains of Dharamsala, home to many exiled Tibetans. Besides woodcarving, master craftsmen and their apprentices work full time to create copper sculptures, elaborate paintings, embroidery, and silk appliqués. Their wares are sold in shops and displayed in temples.

Nimgoliy, who spent six years in a Chinese jail for protesting in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, learned carving in his homeland and says it makes him feel closer to Tibet, where his family still lives.

Share this story:

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK